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Sunday Independent Sensible Statement of the Week April 2, 2017

Posted by guestposter in Uncategorized.

Not sure where Garibaldy is but here’s a contender…

I could give you examples of alleged Garda misconduct from a decade before that, or a decade after it, but the point is not just that the force has had problems for many years.

The point is that this has been known for decades within high Garda and political ranks – and it has been allowed to fester.

Why? There’s always an excuse to defer to the guards: the IRA, organised crime, or “populist” social disorder.


1. DSCH - April 2, 2017

Surely Bruce Arnold’s column on Brexit is a classic of the Conor Cruise O’Brien (latter years) genre!


WorldbyStorm - April 2, 2017

Yeah, that’s a fair point. His admiration for May is unbounded. I love the way he manages like so many to simply avoid any engagement with this island in a meaningful sense or how it will impact upon us.


2. Aengus Millen - April 2, 2017

Eoghan Harris article which accuses RTE/BBC and FG/FF of being too well disposed towards SF is good for a laugh especially if you consider that members of the BBC and FG have accused members of SF of murder within the last six months. The part about Dev being outraged by Mcguiness’ funeral is especially funny does this man even know Dev’s history.


WorldbyStorm - April 2, 2017



3. CL - April 2, 2017

“That all negotiating parties, British and European, have endorsed the principal concerns of the Irish Government, and in similar language, is a considerable diplomatic coup for the Irish politicians and officials involved. They have achieved something which no other country has managed and should contain any disappointment that the print and broadcast media have not noticed their achievement.”-Colm McCarthy

Irish Government caught napping as Spain secure a veto over Gibraltar in Draft Brexit Guidelines – Tóibín

“Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín has castigated the Government for failing to secure a veto over the future relationship between the South of Ireland and the North of Ireland post Brexit. According to An Teachta Tóibín, the draft EU Brexit Guidelines specifically state “after the United Kingdom leaves the Union, no agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom may apply to the territory of Gibraltar without the agreement between the Kingdom of Spain and the United Kingdom”.

The Meath West TD said:

“Spain has ensured its role in determining the future of Gibraltar by gaining assurance that whatever is agreed in the future must be acceptable to Spain. The Irish Government on the other hand have secured no such cast iron say over the future of the north of Ireland.”


CL - April 2, 2017

“BRITAIN could “cripple” Spain in a war over Gibraltar, a former Royal Navy commander has said as tensions build over the future of The Rock after Brexit.

Rear-Adml Chris Parry, a former director of operational capability at the Ministry of Defence, said: “We could cripple Spain in the medium term and I think the Americans would probably support us too.”


WorldbyStorm - April 2, 2017

Brexit – coming to a country near you and now bringing the potential of war with it.


sonofstan - April 3, 2017

A good line from Sean Whelan:

“Maybe that’s what made me think of a line from Humphrey Bogart’s Sam Spade character in the movie ‘The Maltese Falcon’ – “the cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter”. (You know the movie – it’s about greedy people who turn nasty over recovering an ancient treasure, redolent of past glories, that turns out to be fake).”


4. roddy - April 2, 2017

BBC NI could be getting their comeuppance shortly with a forthcoming libel case.


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